VAN GUNDY'S ARROWS STING BUT I SEE HIS POINT
The words were harsh. They stung and all they will get Miami Heat Coach Stan Van Gundy is more verbal abuse than he can imagine during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at The Palace.
It was stupid of him to say it because all he did was stir up a hornets nest.
I disagree with what he said. But sorry, folks we deserved the whipping.
"Detroit, even in the regular season, has a particularly nasty crowd," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy told Miami reporters Friday. "They're not just loud. Those people will say anything and do anything. Quite honestly, if I was somebody sitting in the crowd, it would be embarrassing. I have never understood the idea because I bought a ticket to the game, I can sit there and yell anything I want."
You get what you ask for. And quite frankly this is what a lot of people in the NBA are thinking. They may not come out and say it, but it is on the minds of people.
Remember the brawl between fans and the Indiana Pacers? And there was the bomb threats and the quarter toss to the back of Allen Iverson’s head.
Almost lost in all of this was the sexual innuendo directed at Heat Assistant Coach Keith Askins. And I have heard other nasty things where security guards threatened to kick fans out if they continued.
I was invited to a suite by some friends and they had to call security because some drunks invited themselves in and began drinking the booze.
Now do you see why we have the reputation? Yes, it is just a few knuckleheads during a few isolated incidents.
But isn’t that the case most of the time. How many times have you dogged another fan base based on the actions of a few?
It is what we routinely do in life. Now the arrows are being directed at Palace fans.
It stings. It hurts. But sadly it is deserved.
For the most part fans were on their best behavior during the Philadelphia and Indiana series. There were no incidents directed at players.
In fact Pacers forward Stephen Jackson said he enjoyed Detroit fans during his extended stay here. He said they were loud, but mostly they were proud of their team.
“I have no problem with that,” he told me before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
I am sure you will be angry at the words of Stan Van Gundy and this puts him on your Ten Most wanted list along with Ron Artest, Claude Lemieux and Jermaine O’Neal.
But think about it. Do you see why he believes this? His team was attacked verbally. He saw others attacked in his building.
We hate when people call us out.
But this time I see the man’s point even though I am sure he regrets his words by now.